Zone 9 Iowa Question
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Contributors to this thread:
Stringwacker 05-Jun-24
4nolz@work 05-Jun-24
Ollie 05-Jun-24
Stringwacker 05-Jun-24
Groundhunter 05-Jun-24
12yards 05-Jun-24
midwest 05-Jun-24
Stringwacker 05-Jun-24
Nyati 05-Jun-24
ahunter76 05-Jun-24
Stringwacker 05-Jun-24
12yards 05-Jun-24
JTreeman 05-Jun-24
Nyati 05-Jun-24
Groundhunter 05-Jun-24
caribou77 05-Jun-24
Stringwacker 05-Jun-24
Stringwacker 05-Jun-24
midwest 05-Jun-24
map1 06-Jun-24
Groundhunter 07-Jun-24
4nolz@work 07-Jun-24
JTreeman 07-Jun-24
4nolz@work 07-Jun-24
Tracker 07-Jun-24
Iowa booner hunter 07-Jun-24
From: Stringwacker
05-Jun-24
I have 5 points in Iowa and am in on the draw for 9. Given that I've never been there, I would like some opinions the public land quality. I've noticed there is a great deal of public land there; most being rather small blocks and they are well scattered across the entire unit. For an archery hunt, would I expect heavy pressure in the areas...especially lands near the MS River? Thanks

From: 4nolz@work
05-Jun-24
My experience is very little pressure in public ground at least in zone 4

From: Ollie
05-Jun-24
Most pressure will be weekends. Iowa public lands can be very good. Many of the smaller tracts get overlooked. You need to put in time scouting.

From: Stringwacker
05-Jun-24
I'm going with two other guys (63 and 80). I'm 66 years old. I'm sure those hills will be pretty tough but all of us are in remarkably good shape for our age. We are staying for three weeks so I don't plan to hunt the first few days...preferring to do some heavy duty scouting before hanging a stand.

Though we all had enough points for some other units (like 5) we reasoned that it might be better to go to a unit that required less points in hopes that we might be able to squeeze in another hunt or two before we got too old. Hopefully, we can use the experience of this hunt on a future one.

Any further comments on unit 9 would be appreciated.

From: Groundhunter
05-Jun-24
Well I am 75, and hunt hill country in SW Wis, but know Zone 9 in Iowa. Don't believe you can not hunt from the ground,,, also always be ready, lots of deer movement,,, don't hunt for a tree, hunt for deer. So, I would bring along a Millenium tree seat. Light on your back, easy quick set up,, Good luck, you will have lots of fun.

From: 12yards
05-Jun-24
I'm sure Zone 9 will be amazing, but man, I can't help but say I would have applied for a southern zone with 5 points. Best of luck to you!

From: midwest
05-Jun-24
Why zone 9?

From: Stringwacker
05-Jun-24
Midwest, given our age we might have a few more draws in the future due to the fewer point requirements. We hope to use our experience this time in 9 to parlay the experience to our advantage in the future.

From: Nyati
05-Jun-24
I’m still not understanding your logic ?? If u have 5 points u could have probably drawn a southern unit. All points will be gone and u have to start over from scratch anyway

Though zone 9 is good. Good luck on your hunt !

From: ahunter76
05-Jun-24
That zone has the largest number of antlerless permits so plenty of Deer I would guess. Yellow River State Forest should be a plus.. Bordering S. Wis. should be another +. 3 weeks, Nov 1st forward OR last week of Oct forward should put you in the "good time".. Good Luck.

From: Stringwacker
05-Jun-24
Nyati, in the first post I mentioned our ages. One fellow is 80. He might be able to go back to 9 when he is 83 or 84. Not as likely at 85 or 86 in a 5 unit. We want to have the experience of the area this time to help us next time.

From: 12yards
05-Jun-24
Gotcha Stringwacker. Hope you guys have a great hunt. Beautiful country in the NE part of IA.

From: JTreeman
05-Jun-24
Still seems flawed to me. If you were happy hunting 9 you should have drawn it 2-3 years ago and had another tag in roughly the same time frame and a a lower per tag cost. But of course hindsight is 20/20, I get it.

Still I can’t understand not drawing the best tag you can get (unit 5) and hunt that. Then you can still get that unit 9 tag in 2-3 years like you are planning. I understand you are forgoing the experience you gain in 9 by doing that, and I’ll jump to the assumption you guys have time from your previous posts. So why not take 3-5 days next year or the following year to go scout Unit 9 without tags in your pocket.

That would maximize your current points for the best unit, get you some scouting in 9 and obtain the tag in the same time frame with similar scouting closer to the season you would actually hunt it too.

But it sounds like yall have a plan, hope it goes well for you and you kill 3 great bucks.

—Jim

From: Nyati
05-Jun-24
Gotcha Good luck !

From: Groundhunter
05-Jun-24
Give the guy a break... I started hunting Iowa in the late 70s, so I know the history... Have a great hunt

From: caribou77
05-Jun-24
There’s 150s around every tree in Iowa :) Ok maybe not BUT there’s an ass load of 130s. 9 produces great deer every year and frankly it’s beautiful there in the fall.

From: Stringwacker
05-Jun-24
I appreciate everyone's comments! Thanks for the insight!

From: Stringwacker
05-Jun-24
Midwest, given our age we might have a few more draws in the future due to the fewer point requirements. We hope to use our experience this time in 9 to parlay the experience to our advantage in the future.

From: midwest
05-Jun-24
I was thinking zone 9 was the NW corner, not the NE. Sorry for the confusion! You'll be up in my neck of the woods. Not the deer that southern IA has but you should have a great hunt. Best of luck!

From: map1
06-Jun-24
Keep in mind Iowa recently made it illegal on public land to leave a game camera overnight.

From: Groundhunter
07-Jun-24
Zone 9 is not MS or Kansas, when it comes to terrain. Although not as tough as SW Wis, your hunting hill country. I will send you PM on info that may help.

From: 4nolz@work
07-Jun-24
String Walker what do you mean "fewer points requirements"?

From: JTreeman
07-Jun-24
He means that if they plan to draw unit 9 in the future it will take less bonus points than the southern IA units.

—jim

From: 4nolz@work
07-Jun-24
OK. I look for the demand to wane some if the herd declines and loopholes get closed.Any idea how many points now for zone 9?

From: Tracker
07-Jun-24
I hunted zone 9 a few years ago and it was an amazing hunt. Seen more big deer than I have ever seen on a hunt before. That being said I was on private property. Look for ares with CRP fields. Thats where the deer always wanted to be.

07-Jun-24
4nolz-Last year one guy drew with 2 points but it looks like 3 is a real good shot

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